IKE GIRLS BASKETBALL
At the beginning of the season, New Berlin Eisenhower veteran coach Gary Schmidt said he had a young team and he thought they would get off to a slow start, but would be there at the end.
And he nailed it.
The Lions finished with a 19-7 overall record and finished third in the rugged Woodland West with a 13-4 record behind unbeaten Pius XI (17-0) and Pewaukee (15-2). They then won a regional title and were one step from going back to state, losing to the Lady Popes, 35-30, in the sectional title game.
After starting the year with three straight losses, the Lions finished the rest of the regular season with a 16-2 record, putting together winning streaks of six, seven and four to close out the year.
They then beat New Berlin West for the third time and upset Pewaukee to win the regional title and then blew out Cudahy in the sectional semifinals. The losses to Pius showed their improvement as they lost by 20 in the second game of the season and eight in their second meeting before losing by five in the sectional title game.
Junior guard Sammy Kozlowski and sophomore center Chelsea Brackmann were first-team all-conference selections and senior Jess Hahn and junior Sidney Cheung were honorable mention choices. Hahn was also a scholar-athlete. Abby Thyne got the Lions Pride Award.
The Lions will lose Hahn and Anthie Katris to graduation, but will return Kozlowski, Brackmann, Cheung, juniors Katie Schlegal, Kaitlyn Kurudza and Taylor Crubaugh and sophomores Thyne, Emalie Hahn, Ashley Hofmeister and Kasie Ereyni.
New Berlin Eisenhower girls are coming off a 10-5-3 overall record in 2013 and a 7-2-2 Woodland Conference record, good enough for fifth place.
Coach Erin Frantz has four returning letter winners, led by second-team all-conference selection senior defender Kristin Hesselbach (four goals, five assists).
The three other returnees are honorable mention all-conference — senior midfielders Cayley Farrell (seven goals, five assists) and Stef Panzenhagen (six goals, six assists) and junior defender Kelsey Thompson.
"We lost six seniors, including two first-team selections, and one second-team selection," Frantz said. "Most of them were starters so we are looking to fill those positions."
Frantz has 10 newcomers including four freshman — Caila Bachmann, Gwen Gasper, Claire Popp and Emma Grellinger. She plans on using them at defense and in the midfield.
"This year, we are looking to continue to build the program and finish higher in the conference," Frantz said.
The Lions lost 2-0 to both Neenah and Homestead this weekend at the Kenosha Tremper Tournament.
MUSKEGO GIRLS TRACK
Jenna Lederman and Jerica Kotarak both won individual events for the Warriors at the Classic 8 Conference Indoor Meet on Saturday at Waukesha South.
Lederman claimed the mile run with 5 minutes, 22 seconds and Kotarak captured the triple jump with 36 feet-91/2 inches for Muskego, which placed fifth with 55 points.
Kotarak was also second in the long jump (17-21/2), and thirds were taken by Mikaela Zolecki in the shot put (35-2) and the 4x240-meter relay of Abigail Missiaen, Taylor Tabbert, Tori Roecker and Linnea Wegener (2:26.52).
Taking fifth were the 4x160 unit of Haley Bartz, Wegener, Roecker and Tabbert (1:35.2) and the 4x400 group of Bartz, Hannah Weier, Britany Glaeser and Savannah Rygiewicz (4:39.14).
The 4x800 team of Georgi Llanas, Weier, Kayla Ignasiak and Courtney Keuer finished sixth (10:54.33) and sevenths went to Missiaen in the 60-yard low hurdles (9.23 seconds) and 60 high hurdles (9.45).
IKE BOYS TENNIS
The 2014 Eisenhower boys tennis team features a strong contingent of experienced returnees with senior captain Greg Lawton leading the squad.
Other letter winners include seniors Isaac Surprenant, Nick Sommers, Ryan Fischer, Jason Kolata, Jeremy Marr, junior Nitish Katta and sophomore Pranay Vadapally.
"The varsity team has a nice mixture of returning players and exciting newcomers, many of whom have done some good work in the off-season," coach Michael Jenders said. "Our initial practices have been very positive, more sharp than in previous years with a great attitude throughout the team."
Talented freshmen who will see varsity action are Kevin Nitz, Xavier Loomer and Mitchell Swing and sophomore Patrick McCormick, junior Zhaoyuan Wu and senior Rishil Mehta will also contribute.
"We play a full and challenging schedule this year and as always I will measure our success by the players' improvement and development over the course of the season," Jenders said. "Last year was a bit of a transition season and I am excited to see how the team performs with more depth and quality this year."
The team began its season on Saturday with an invite at Hartford. Woodland Conference play starts at Pewaukee on Thursday, April 10.
WEST BOYS TENNIS
Vikings boys tennis coach Heidi Stigler has 11 returning and talented players on the 2014 team.
Nine seniors return led by last year's MVP co-captain Jesse Pakula, who lost to Brookfield East's Felix Corwin at sectionals last year. Corwin finished second in state.
Zac Nordstrom, last season's Most Improved Player, and co-captain Nate Gale are also back.
The rest of the seniors are Nick Brandt, Tyler Brandt, Danny Loeper, Matt Szpytma, Chun You Yang and Can Zhong.
Two returning sophomores are Michael Shannon and Spencer Kipfmueller.
"Most of our varsity players this year have experience, which will hopefully give us an edge during close matches," Stigler said. "Our team is very heavy with seniors this year, so that could pose some challenges for us next season."
At the Hartford/Slinger Invite this weekend, West lost to Waukesha North, 6-2, in the first round, then lost to Slinger, 6-2, in round two. But then they ended on a positive note, defeating Port Washington, 6-2, in the third round.
Pakula won all three of his matches in straight sets at No. 1 singles.
MUSKEGO BOYS TRACK
The 4x200-meter relay team of Cameron Rygiewicz, Noah Kairis, Grant LeGros and Matt Little came in fourth at 1 minute, 35.07 seconds in the WTFA State Indoor Championships on Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Rygiewicz, LeGros, Mitch Kwapick and Keith Kamer claimed fifth in the 4x400 at 3:34.88.
"The sprints were awesome," head coach Owen Jarrette said. "Cameron is tearing up the turns this year."
Muskego tallied nine points to tie for 20th place in the 41-team meet.
The Warriors also scored nine points for eighth place in the Classic 8 Conference Indoor Meet on Friday at Waukesha South.
LeGros, Andrew Boster, Jacob Wachowiak and Ayden Malcomson placed fourth in the 4x240 relay (2:07.43) and fifth in the 4x160 (1:21.28).
The New Berlin West girls kickers crushed Waterford, 6-2, in Saturday's opener at home.
"I was proud of the way the girls played today," coach Adam Bell said. "I was particularly pleased with the leadership our seniors showed as we were without a couple girls for the game. Waterford was a good test for us as we move into conference play this week."
Jenna Brzeski stole the spotlight with three goals and an assist. She had a penalty kick and two unassisted goals.
Allysa Pastrich added two goals and Tina Bedwell scored the other one. Every goal was unassisted except for Brzeski's on Bedwell's goal.
Brzeski scored twice, Bedwell and Pastrich had one each for a 4-0 lead in the first half. Pastrich and Brzeski scored in the second half.
The Lions scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth and defeated Mukwonago, 4-2, on Saturday in the Wilmot Tournament.
Kate Schlegel pitched a complete game (7 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 8 K) for the win. Steph Lombardo singled, scored a run and drove in two, Andrea Leder doubled, scored a run and drove in one and Lexi Prei singled and drove in a run.
The Lions also dropped an 8-4 decision to the host school. They trailed 7-0 through three innings and couldn't recover as Lombardo and Schlegel both got knocked around.
Lombardo and Schlegel each had two hits as the Lions managed seven total.
— Compiled by Tom 'Sky' Skibosh and John Rech
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